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Hanford Research Lab Contributes To Huge Astronomical Discovery Making (Gravitational) Waves

Are you wearing any jewelry? Some of those precious metals originated in space, and a research lab in Washington helped verify that today. Michael Landry is head physicist at the LIGO laboratory near Richland. He’s ecstatic because the event proved something physicists long theorized -- that heavy metals like gold and platinum were produced during events called kilanovas. “So if you look at your ring or your necklace," Landry said, "the gold in that piece of jewelry came to be through...

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The Washington State Book Awards have been announced and for the third year in a row, a writer from Spokane has claimed the top prize for fiction. Shawn Vestal won the award for his debut novel, "Daredevils."

This is the third year in a row a Spokane author has claimed the award for fiction. 

In the living room of her Olympia home, Crystal opens up a large file box that contains her son’s life history.

“As a mom you keep those shot records and those test scores in their little file even if they’re in their 20s,” said Crystal, whose last name we’re not using to protect her son's identity.

But this plastic box has something else: a detailed record of her son’s battle with addiction and mental illness beginning when he was 12.

Northwest Public Television

NOTE: This week we’ve been featuring education stories from around the Northwest as part of the PBS special American Graduate Day.

Yakima’s A.C. Davis High School mission statement is to “educate students for success:  life-long learning, employment, and social awareness.”

Oregon farmers planted the state’s first legal crops of industrial hemp a couple of years ago. Now the first Washington state farmer to plant the non-drug cousin of marijuana has harvested the crop. 


Hemp entrepreneur Cory Sharp is fairly happy with Washington’s first legal crop in almost 90 years. His farmer partners harvested 105 acres earlier this month from irrigated fields near Moses Lake. 


But the celebration is tempered because the crop is unsold.


Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Five major suspects in a massive poaching operation appeared in Skamania Superior Court on Thursday morning. Joseph Dills, William Haynes, Erik Martin, Eddy Dills and Bryan Tretiak have been charged with nearly 200 criminal counts related to illegal hunting and animal waste in southwest Washington and parts of Oregon.

At the Hanford Site, the job to seal in a tunnel full of radioactive waste is nearly half done according to the federal government. It became a high-priority project when the tunnel partially collapsed this past May, causing an emergency at Hanford.

Voters in one of Oregon’s largest counties will have the chance this November to dramatically reshape their county government. The question before Douglas County residents is whether or not to approve a home rule charter.

The controversy over a program that protects young, undocumented immigrants from deportation didn’t keep Wenatchee High School’s predominantly Latino Mariachi band from playing in Washington, D.C., this week.




Northwest Public Television

NOTE: This week we’re featuring education stories from around the Northwest as part of the PBS special American Graduate Day airing Saturday, Oct. 14.

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If you ate today, thank a farmer. That’s the common thread on social media channels like Twitter and Facebook with the trending hashtag #NationalFarmersDay.

The holiday stems from what was called Old Farmer’s Day. It’s celebrated in October because it marks the end of harvest season.

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